When Netflix first began back in 1998, my family and I would excitedly open our little red envelopes every week and watch the DVDs that came with them, most of which had been sitting in our queue for months. Oftentimes, my mom wouldn’t look at what was sent. I think we all enjoyed the surprise. It was fresh, new, and exciting.
As fun as that was, it was even more exciting once they launched streaming services. Before, I would only have to walk to my mailbox; now I didn’t even have to go outside! Netflix really got me.
Then came the Netflix Originals, which have given us plenty of hits (or misses) to try out while allowing our favorite streaming service and production companies to spread their creative wings. Titles like Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Fuller House, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (to name a few) have become massively popular, with a fanbase that loves the fact that they can binge watch a brand new season in one night.
More recently, Netflix went even further with their creativity by introducing us to interactive content. One interactive show in particular, Bear Grylls’ You vs. Wild, gives you the option to choose your own adventure, allowing you to… well, make Bear do some pretty wild things.
Over the years, Netflix has truly proved its worth and shows no fear of innovation, or its competition with Amazon or Hulu. They have made their mark in entertainment, and with their recent announcement, are proving they’ve got even more up their sleeve.
Netflix revealed on Twitter on Monday that it would be hosting a panel at E3 in June. What in the world are they doing mingling with the video game industry, you ask? Well, they’re not giving that away just yet.
The NX on Netflix Twitter account, which is the primary go-to for Netflix’s sci-fi and fantasy titles, tweeted very sneakily at E3.
Netflix went on to mention its upcoming Stranger Things game releasing on the Nintendo Switch on July 4th with its season 3 debut, but noted there may be more than that on the horizon.
So with the knowledge that Netflix is now dipping its feet in the video game pool, it begs the question: are they only going to make their existing original shows into video games, or will they be creating new content specifically for video games? OR will they be opening their own Steam/Origin-like service for video games? It’s tough to say, but I’m definitely intrigued.
Is there another Netflix Original you’d like to see as a game? Do you think the video game industry is going to welcome Netflix warmly, or will this be a flop?